from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An offering made to an adversary in the interests of peace or reconciliation.
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- n. A religious sacrifice in both Jewish,Christian, and Islamic traditions.
- n. An offering made to an adversary in the hope of obtaining peace or reconciliation; an olive branch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gift or service offered as satisfaction to an offended person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An offering that procures peace, reconciliation, or satisfaction; satisfaction offered to an offended person, especially to a superior.
- n. Specifically, an offering prescribed under the Levitical law as an expression of thanksgiving.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something offered to an adversary in the hope of obtaining peace
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The only constantly-recurring peace offering appears to have been that of the two firstling lambs at Pentecost.
And you might be especially interested to know that the beautiful pharaoh Arsinoc II sent the scarab to Julius Caesar as a peace offering before he left to conquer Britain.
Phoc invited me and Juan to Saigon Falls as a peace offering during the holidays.
Two big white men popped in the doorway aiming. 38’s; Danny had his shield out and a peace offering ready.